“It’s legal, I guess. More power to them.” Yeah, well sucking dick for money in the state of Nevada is also legal, but that doesn’t mean it’s a respectable line of work.
One of our freelance writers pitched me the idea for a column recently. It was actually an interview he had in mind. He informed me that he recently established a dialogue with the creator of a very popular Twitter account, one that currently sits at 1.18 million followers, and ran the idea by me of a Q&A to be hosted on our site in exchange for promoting his account. He insisted that insight from the owner of such an influential parody account would be a compelling read. I don’t disagree.
Me: “Which account are you referring to?”
Him: “@TweetLikeAGirI, it’s a really funny account and the dude who runs seems like a standup guy.”
Me: “Fuck that low-life scumbag. He can interview my asshole.”
I didn’t overreact. The owner of that account, along with any others like it, is a sordid scumbag. I countered his pitch with an idea of my own. I told him we’d do the interview on the condition that I got to write the questions, and the only way we’d publish the interview is if he answered every single one of them earnestly. He didn’t go for it–although that would have been a hell of an interview–because he’s either a scared little bitch or he knows my questions will expose him for the shameless, scummy thief that he is.
His material is stolen. He steals from me. He steals from you. That witty one-liner you saw come across your timeline was ripped, word-for-word, so are all the others he uses to gain such a massive following. You re-tweeted it. So did 25,000 other people. You are all putting money into his pockets. These accounts are able to monetize with affiliate networking and by directing web traffic to shitty clickbait sites that funnel advertising cash right back to them. The creator (a term completely unbefitting) behind @TweetLikeAGirI has essentially turned his account into a virtual billboard that sees 1.18 million daily passersby. That is some valuable, yet unethical, internet real estate.
It’s a smart, easy way to make a buck–once your account is established, which, admittedly, is a very difficult feat–but it also makes you a low-life scumbag.
You want proof that they’re stealing your shit. I gotchu. Rachel Page is a writer for us. Good kid, that Rachel. Funny, too. Strong Twitter game. She is the originator of a tweet that I’m guessing you’ve seen by now: the 2007 Britney Stress Level one.
If I had to rate my stress, I’d say I’m pretty close to 2007 Britney pic.twitter.com/M5UrPacD7X
— Rachel Page (@rachelpage_) September 22, 2014
Nearly 1,700 RTs. Nice job, Rachel. Then it was ripped, verbatim, by our friend @TweetLikeAGirI, and he pulled in an absurd 28,000 RTs. This shitbag passed Rachel’s joke off as his own. Several others stole the tweet, as well, each pulling in crazy RT numbers.
Another example comes from the Twitter account of yours truly. I made a decent joke, pulled in close to 200 RTs, then it was ripped by a couple assholes, one of them being @CauseWereGuys, who boasts an absurd 1.68 million followers.
You both changed “shit” to “it” and it reminds me of the Billy Madison flaming shit scene. P.S. Fuck you. pic.twitter.com/3cVSiteApm
— Roger Dorn (@RogerJDorn) September 24, 2014
This is like a famous comedian going to Open Mic Night at the local watering hole with a recording device and using the material of some no-name schmuck in his HBO Standup show. Simply put, it’s fucked up.
I guess my only real point in writing this is as a public service announcement, to let you know people are using your creativity to get paid. And to let everyone who steals tweets know this: you’re an asshole..